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[kwench] /kwɛntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.).
to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
to cool suddenly by plunging into a liquid, as in tempering steel by immersion in water.
to subdue or destroy; overcome; quell:
to quench an uprising.
Electronics. to terminate (the flow of electrons in a vacuum tube) by application of a voltage.
Origin of quench
1150-1200; Middle English quenchen, earlier cwenken; compare Old English -cwencan in ācwencan to quench (cf. a-3)
Related forms
quenchable, adjective
quenchableness, noun
quencher, noun
unquenchable, adjective
unquenched, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then came dinner, and the awakened gaiety of unquenched spirits; then the blessed evening hours with him.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Disease had crushed his body, but the indomitable spirit was unquenched.

  • The fruit of this persistency and unquenched love of country and its ancient traditions, is left to be enjoyed by us.

  • "One hopes really you do," pursued the unquenched Mr. Cashmore.

    The Awkward Age Henry James
  • She could not tell the rector of her aversion to Manston, and of her unquenched love for Edward.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • Then the rebellions of an unquenched romance, an untamed heart, beset him.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Your pluck, like the glare from that beacon, flamed on through the dark hours unquenched.

  • He saw all the unquenched love that shed anguish over that beautiful face, and took courage.

    Fashion and Famine Ann S. Stephens
  • But his spirit was unquenched, and there was a ghastly smile on his white face as his eyes sought his sister's.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • They found the Talmudical restrictions incompatible with their hereditary and unquenched thirst for liberty.

British Dictionary definitions for unquenched


verb (transitive)
to satisfy (one's thirst, desires, etc); slake
to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish
to put down or quell; suppress: to quench a rebellion
to cool (hot metal) by plunging it into cold water
(physics) to reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
  1. to suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit
  2. to suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
Derived Forms
quenchable, adjective
quencher, noun
quenchless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English ācwencan to extinguish; related to Old Frisian quinka to vanish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unquenched



Old English acwencan "to quench" (of fire, light), from Proto-Germanic *cwandjan, probably a causative form of root of Old English cwincan "to go out, be extinguished," Old Frisian kwinka. Related: Quenched; quenching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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